Serena Williams’ childhood home is up for auction

Serena and Venus Williams’ abandoned and derelict childhood home, which has been in the family for 27 years, will be auctioned off next month, a judge ruled.

The ruling comes after the sisters’ stepmother, Lakeisha Juanita Williams, allegedly forged the signature of her estranged spouse – Richard Williams – on the mortgage deeds of his four-bedroom, three-bathroom home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

37-year-old Lakeisha, who is 43 years Richard’s junior, borrowed $255,000 from “hard lender” David Simon, which she then squandered on a failed truck deal. The sun reported first.

Simon has spent the past five years trying to get his money back, which now sits at about $584,000 with interest — and both Lakeisha and Richard, theirs health decreasesare responsible for the debt.

The home, which has since gone into foreclosure, will be auctioned with a starting bid of $1.42 million. Simon should get the lion’s share of the proceeds.

It’s the same house where Richard trained his tennis pro kids so they could attend the Rick Macci Tennis Academy. It comes with two tennis courts.

Serena and Venus Williams in their youth together with their father Richard.
Serena and Venus Williams in their youth together with their father Richard.
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Despite Lakeisha’s attempts to delay the auction after twice filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy, she was turned away after being unable to keep up with the repayment plan that would have saved the home.

Simon accused her of spending all her money on “fast food and frivolities” — and never paying a dollar off her debt, court filings say.

A 2014 tax lien on the home shows that 80-year-old Richard failed to pay nearly $9,000 in property taxes.

The “Notice of Sale” states that it “will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash”.

Simon argued that the house was uninsurable due to its dilapidated condition.

“The debtor does not provide adequate protection for the security of the secured creditor, the home,” Simon says in the court filing. “The house is uninsured, the roof is leaking, and the collateral threatens total loss.”

Richard, 80, bought the property in 1995 for $355,000, according to property records.

Built in 1981, the waterfront property is spread over 10 acres of land.

Meanwhile, court documents from Richard’s own divorce battle included testimonies from his doctor, with claims his health was in poor condition — and that he was being cared for by his son in Atlanta.

The Post has reached out to Serena and Venus’ reps for comment.

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